Elegy (Film Review)

April 29, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment

The last film I saw was Elegy directed by Isabel Coixet, one of my favourite directors. (She also directed My Life without Me and The Secret Life of Plants, both of which I highly recommend). I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which perhaps could be summarised as being about the power of beauty and all it involves. Thought provoking. It has an excellent cast: Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz in the two main roles supported by Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. The film Elegy is based on the short novel by Philip Roths, The Dying Animal, which I haven’t read to be able to comment on. My rating 8.5 out of 10.

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If they can do it, why can’t we?

April 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Posted in A Better World, Peace | Leave a comment

A friend sent me a link to this video today and I just love it!! The story that came in the email is the following… whether it’s true or not I have no idea, but the video alone is worth believing in!!!!

This is a video of a homeless guy in Santa Barbara and his pets. You can see these guys every week working State Street for donations. The animals as you can see are pretty well fed and mellow. They are a family.

The man who owns them rigged a harness up for his cat so she wouldn’t have to walk so much (like the dog and himself). At some juncture the rat came along and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started riding with the cat and often on the cat!The dog will stand all day and let you talk to him and admire him.
PS. sorry about the extra large font for the bit I copied and pasted. I can’t see how to make it smaller!!!

Looking forward to a summer full of great concerts!

April 2, 2008 at 1:10 am | Posted in Dylan, Music | 2 Comments

Today my ticket to see Bob Dylan in Toulouse in June arrived!!! YIPEEE! I’m hoping that the concerts in Andorra and Zaragoza will be confirmed soon and I can get tickets to them. I plan to start a week’s holiday on June 20th driving to Toulouse for the first concert (and hopefully seeing some fellow translator friends the following day), then maybe on to Andorra and then to Zaragoza, where I intend to spend a couple of days visiting the Expo on water and another couple of days nourishing my soul at the Monasterio de Piedra just outside Zaragoza. Check out its website to see why! I stayed in the hotel many, many years ago with my parents on a holiday and have this wonderful memory of the place. I see from the website that the hotel has upgraded somewhat since then, but hey!! I’m worth it 🙂 But all that beautiful water and nature will renew me spiritually, ready to face the summer with new energy.

Other concerts I have spied, but can’t yet get tickets for, are Joan Baez at the Palau de la Música Catalana and Leonard Cohen – who’s going on tour for the first time in 15 years – at Cap Roig in Palafrugell. It seems he’ll be there two nights running so hopefully I’ll be able to get a ticket! It’s a beautiful place for a concert, under a full moon – if you’re lucky!! – in a beautiful botanical garden overlooking the sea, but it’s a place that appeals to the local jet set and us mere mortals have a hard time getting tickets as it only holds 1600 people. I was SO incredibly lucky (and tenacious) two summers ago and managed to get two tickets to see Dylan there (sigh………..) and last year I saw Joan Baez there which was magic. I’d never seen her live before even though I have enjoyed her music and been singing from her Song Book since I was about 13!!

What a fun summer in store!!

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